ERIC Number: ED324116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Developing and Implementing a Suspension Team Outreach Program Guidance Administration Pupils (STOP-GAP) in a Secondary School Setting.
A guidance counselor implemented a 10-week practicum intervention designed to reduce the number of suspensions and repeat offenses among 9th and 10th graders. A team approach was used to implement a discipline and counseling model that incorporated guidance services as a routine intervention strategy with repeat offenders. The intervention program was called Suspension Team Outreach Program--Guidance, Administration, Pupils (STOP-GAP). Each pupil suspended by the assistant principal met with the guidance counselor at least once to develop a plan for alternative behavior and complete a Self-Esteem Inventory. At the end of 10 weeks, teachers completed an academic and social rating scale for each participant. Program evaluation data indicated fewer suspensions and repeat offenses among participants during the intervention than before it. At least half of the target group demonstrated improved self-concept in class participation, social interaction, emotional control, adaptability, and attitude. However, attendance decreased and there was little change in academic performance. It was concluded that a team discipline approach can reduce suspensions and repeat offenses and promote improved self-concept. Related materials, such as guidelines for a counseling session for developing alternative behaviors, are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Educational Specialist Practicum, Nova University.